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Disturbances of Progress
By (author): Lise Downe
9781552451120 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian Dec 16, 2002
$16.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 8.75 x 0.25 in 80 pages Coach House Books

If the expression 'Two steps forward, one step back' describes the conventional attitude toward hesitation and uncertainty, Disturbances of Progress takes those steps and turns them into a dance.

In an intimate and intensely personal manner, Lise Downe's third major collection of poetry documents the sorts of interruptions that plague the lives of artists and writers. Yet the poems themselves emerge as testament to the triumphof the artistic process over circumstance.

As the poet mulls over the uncertainty of her own life's trajectory, she deftly weaves together the imagery of searching and the vagaries of language into a whole cloth. Downe's writing uses the qualities of colloquial speech - hesitation, interjection, digression and repetition - to convey the experience of writing as an unforseen progression. Favouring intuitive progress over linear intention, these vivid, painterly poems reflect the dynamic between the known and the unknown.

Lise Downe is the author of two previous books of poetry, A Velvet Increase of Curiosity and The Soft Signature. Originally from London, Ontario, she resides in Toronto, where she also practices goldsmithing.

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